Caravella hoping to develop scoring touch

Zenon Caravella is hoping to add another string to his bow by contributing on the score sheet for the Jets in 2013/14.

He may have only found the back of the net twice in 110 A-League appearances, but Jets midfielder Zenon Caravella is hoping to add another string to his bow by contributing on the score sheet for the Club in 2013/14.

Caravella made an immediate contribution upon joining the Jets from Adelaide United towards the back end of the 2012/13 season.

The 30-year-old was a standout performer during his eight appearances for Newcastle, pulling the strings in the centre of midfield alongside Jets captain Ruben Zadkovich.

However, said he was not completely satisfied with his output last season, admitting he would like to add a goal-scoring element to his game.

“I tried to make a positive impact and I was happy with the way I went, but there-s also a lot of improvement for myself and the team as well.

“I just want to contribute what I can to the team (this season) and try to stay injury free.

“Hopefully I can get a couple of goals as well. I don-t really score many goals, so that-s what I-m looking to do.”

After being a late arrival last season, Caravella said he is benefitting greatly from being able to get a full pre-season under his belt with his Jets teammates.

“It-s very important for myself to get to know everyone more on a personal level,” Caravella said.

“It-s always good for everyone to spend time together, so I-m looking forward to continuing that during the pre-season and leading into the season.

“Pre-season has been quite tough so far and it-s only early days. We-ve got a long way to go, but it-s been enjoyable.”

Caravella said there was plenty of determination within the Jets squad to qualify for the finals in 2013/14 after narrowly missing out in the final game of last season.

“Everyone that plays professionally wants to be in contention at the end of the year, because that-s the most important time of the season,” he said.

“It-s a long way away, but that-s something that we-re thinking about and talking about all the time.”

The Jets play their first match of the pre-season against Newcastle University FC at Ulinga Oval in South Cardiff on Wednesday night.

“It-s a game to get our fitness going and the new combinations that we-re using,” Caravella said.

“Obviously it-s not against A-League opposition, but it-s still important to work on things and get to know each other-s game a bit better.”

Newcastle Jets FC v Newcastle University Mens FC Ulinga Oval (Cross St, South Cardiff) Wednesday, June 19 Kick-off 6:30pm